Auburn returns home for a three-game series against Alabama, which begins Thursday at 6pm. The series continues at 6pm on Friday and concludes at 3pm on Saturday. Saturday's game will air live on CSS while all three games can be heard on the Auburn Network and its baseball affiliates as well as online at www.auburntigers.com.
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Bulldogs gave up 13 hits and dropped a 9-1 decision to Clemson on Tuesday evening at Foley Field.
Bulldog sophomore Hunter Cole put together his strongest offensive performance of the season after moving from the cleanup position to the two spot in the order, notching three hits and an RBI. Freshman D.J. Smith also recorded a multi-hit game with a double and a base hit while scoring a run.
However, Georgia has now lost nine consecutive games to fall to 8-17 on the season, while Clemson improves to 16-8. Sophomore Luke Crumley took the loss for the Bulldogs after surrendering five hits and five runs through three innings of work. Clemson starter Matthew Crownover earned the win after giving up just one run and striking out four in five innings.
Clemson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind a two-run homer to right field from Steven Duggar. After a scoreless second inning by both teams, Clemson put up a three spot in the third inning as Jon McGibbon launched a two-out, bases-clearing double to extend the Tigers' lead to 5-0.
"We were looking for a better start, and it didn't happen, but the three runs in the third really was the difference," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We look to be out of that inning still 2-0 and then they get the bases-clearing double. Offensively, we're having a tough time coming through when we have scoring opportunities. We left 10 on tonight. Still, it was good to see Hunter Cole and D.J. Smith swing the bat well and Heath Holder and Jarrett Brown kept them off the scoreboard over the final four innings. We just have to keep fighting through this."
Georgia put two runners on base in the bottom of the third, as Cody Sheedy reached on a walk and Cole singled to left, but the Bulldogs were unable to bring either runner around to score. Patrick Boling took the mound in the fourth to replace Crumley, allowing no runs and just two hits while recording a timely strikeout to end the top half of the frame. After Georgia was retired in order in the bottom of the fourth, Clemson struck for four more runs in the fifth. The Tigers recorded four straight hits to start the inning, including an RBI single by McGibbon and a fielder's choice RBI by Jay Baum. After Boling struck out a pair of Clemson batters, the Tigers were able to pick up two unearned runs off a Bulldog error to take a 9-0 lead.
Coming in to pinch hit in the bottom of the fifth, Smith recorded his first career double to give the Bulldogs just their second runner in scoring position of the evening. Two batters later, Ward drew a two-out walk and Cole followed with an RBI single to left that plated Smith for Georgia's first run of the game. Heath Holder entered the game in relief for Georgia in the sixth, tying a career-high with two innings pitched while allowing no runs or hits and recording a strikeout.
The Bulldogs had a prime scoring opportunity in the seventh, loading the bases after back-to-back, two-out singles from Walsh and Ward and a walk by Cole. However, a groundout back to the pitcher ended the inning as the Bulldogs stranded all three runners. Sophomore Jarrett Brown took the mound for Georgia in the final two innings, giving up just three hits and no runs.
The Bulldogs will wrap up the two-game series with the Tigers tomorrow when they travel to Clemson, S.C., for a 7:05 p.m. contest. The game will be televised regionally by CSS.
Alabama Falls to UAB in Hoover
HOOVER, Ala. - The Alabama baseball team was limited to four hits as the UAB Blazers defeated the Crimson Tide, 1-0, at the Hoover Met on Tuesday night. With the loss, Alabama falls to 16-10 overall, while the Blazers improved to 10-14.
"For whatever reason, in this game we have struggled to score runs and tonight was no different," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "I thought the second through the lineup we started having some better at-bats, hit a few balls at them and made they a few plays. We had a shot there with the bases loaded and couldn't get the big hit."
Alabama starter Tucker Hawley (4-2) took the loss after surrendering the game's only run in the third inning. Hawley threw five innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Jay Shaw threw a scoreless inning in relief of Hawley, and Mike Oczypok allowed one hit in two innings to close out the game for Alabama.
"They pitched well, made quality pitches and had a lot of combinations," Gaspard said. "Their guys threw strikes and offensively we couldn't put anything together tonight. We certainly pitched it well enough and made some plays defensively. Oczypok pitched really well in the back of the game. We just couldn't get the hit to start an inning and just couldn't get the big hit."
Blazers starting pitcher Sam Kelley (2-1) earned the win after allowing two hits with a strikeout and two walks in five-plus innings. Jacob German got the last out of the game, retiring the only batter he faced, to record his first save of the season.
For the fourth time this season, Alabama was shutout by its opponent and saw its six-game winning streak come to an end. The four hits from the Tide came from three players, as Ben Moore was 2-for-4 and Georgie Salem and Austen Smith had one hit each.
The Blazers scored the game's only run when John Frost delivered a bases loaded single to center field with one out in the third. Hawley got the next hitter, Tyler Mims, to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, preventing further damage.
Alabama's best opportunity to score came in the sixth when it loaded the bases with one out. After Salem singled to open the inning, Moore's single to left field was misplayed by the UAB left fielder allowing the runner to advance to second and third. Brett Booth was walked intentionally to load the bases for Smith. Reliever Cory Eller struck out Smith swinging then Kyle Overstreet's soft liner to third base ended the threat.
Smith's only hit in the game came with one out in the ninth and pinch-runner Riley Colburn moved up to second on a ground out by Overstreet, putting the potential tying run in scoring position. German entered the game to face designated hitter Cameron Carlisle, who flied out to left field to end the game.
Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference action on Thursday with game one of a three-game series against the Auburn Tigers, with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. CST, from Plainsman Park. Game two will start at 6 p.m. CST on Friday, and the series wraps up on Sunday with a 3 p.m. CST start. Saturday's game will be televised on CSS with Matt Stewart and Joe Beckwith calling the action.
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Texas A&M Takes Care of Business
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Three Texas A&M pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout on Tuesday evening as the Aggies cruised to a 7-0 win over UT Arlington on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
After failing to record an out in his last two starts, Rafael Pineda cruised through the first seven innings, facing just 22 batters.
Pineda finally hit a rough patch in the eighth inning, when UT Arlington collected two one-out singles and a hit batsman to load the bases. AJ Minter came in from the bullpen and struck out the only two batters he faced on 11 pitches.
Andrew Vinson worked the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Pineda (2-2) earned the win, scattering three hits and one hit batsman while striking out three over 7.1 innings.
The Aggies staked claim to an early lead with a run in the home half of the second inning. Troy Stein hit a wall-banger to centerfield for a leadoff triple. After Cole Lankford reached base when the Mavericks’ catcher was unable to corral the third strike, Mitchell Nau knocked Stein home with a grounder that was mishandled by UTA’s shortstop.
The Maroon and White mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. After Charlie Curl and Mikey Reynolds were retired, Krey Bratsen chopped a ball over the third baseman’s head and down the leftfield line for a double and Blake Allemand and Stein were issued walks to load the bases. Lankford smacked a single back up the middle to drive in Bratsen and Allemand for the 3-0 lead.
Daniel Mengden tattooed the first pitch of the fourth inning for a solo home run over the leftfield fence, inflating the Aggies’ cushion to 4-0.
Texas A&M (18-8) scored a pair of runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-0. Brandon Wood reached on a throwing error by the Mavericks’ third baseman and Curl singled to the gap in left centerfield. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. Reynolds knocked in Wood with a grounder back to the pitcher and Bratsen drove Curl home with an infield single.
Curl tacked on the last run of the game, hitting a leadoff dinger over the leftfield fence for the 7-0 margin.
Keegan Hucul (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Mavericks. He yielded four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over 4.0 innings.
Curl went 2-for-3 with two runs, one home run and one RBI. Bratsen went 2-for-5 with one double, one run, one stolen base and one RBI.
J. M. Twichell logged two of UT Arlington’s four hits.
The Aggies return to action Thursday when they head to the Palmetto State for a three-game series against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Thursday night game is slated for 6:30 pm Central on ESPNU.
LSU Downs Tulane in Eight Innings
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Shortstop Alex Bregman (4-for-4) recorded his fifth straight three-hit game as No. 2 LSU (23-2) battered Tulane (14-13) by a score of 14-1 in eight innings Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium.
The game was called due to mercy rule after the eighth inning.
LSU right-hander Russell Reynolds (1-0) was nearly untouchable in seven innings of work, allowing one run on four hits while striking out four.
Tulane starter Brady Wilson (1-1) suffered the defeat, allowing seven runs (four earned) on six hits in 1.1 innings of work.
Mississippi State Picks Up 13-5 Win Over AP
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Senior DH Trey Porter drove in a career-most three runs and belted his first home run of the season Tuesday night to lead No. 16 Mississippi State (22-6) to a 13-5 win over Austin Peay (19-5) at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs resume league play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 11 Arkansas (18-7, 4-2 SEC).
After APSU sprinted to an early 2-0 lead, Porter gave the Bulldogs their first advantage of the night at 4-2 with his two-run shot in the bottom of the first. He singled in another run during a three-run seventh inning State surge. With the score knotted at 5-5 in the seventh, State sent eight to the plate to take an 8-5 lead in the frame and then salted the game away an inning later with a five-run burst. Nick Ammirati’s two-run single capped the night’s scoring.
Freshman Myles Gentry (3-0), the last of four Bulldog pitchers in the game, blanked the Governors with one-hit pitching over the final 2.2 innings to earn the win. Starter Will Cox was charged with four runs before leaving the game an out deep into the second inning. Another sophomore, Ross Mitchell, kept APSU hitters at bay through the sixth before Chad Girodo and Gentry finished the game for State.
C.T. Bradford and Brett Pirtle joined Porter with two-hit games while Ammirati matched Porter’s three-RBI performance. Wes Rea also finished the night with a multi-RBI showing. Hunter Renfroe extended his career-longest and team season-best 13-game hitting streak with a double in the third inning while Adam Frazier doubled to open the game and now has hits in 25 of 28 games.
APSU lead-off hitter Rolando Gautier paced the Governors’ nine-hit attack with a 3-for-4 performance.
Hunter Lindley (0-1), the sixth of nine pitchers used by Austin Peay, took the loss. The Governor moundsmen gave up 11 hits and combined for 11 walks, with six of those free passes eventually touching home.
The Bulldogs played their 13th error-free game and turned their NCAA-leading 39th double play.